Top Ten Photos of 2015 #1 La Perouse Glacier

Solo Adventurer
Solo Adventurer

This is my friend Jane Morris tackling some of New Zealand’s steepest crevassed terrain on the La Perouse Glacier, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. I stopped briefly to harvest some water from a dripping icicle and continued to shoot the impressive surroundings with a perfectly placed model moving with ease and grace.

I was glad to have the right camera with me on this adventure but it was on this trip that I decided to switch to full frame mirrorless cameras. I miss some of the features and feel of my Canon 5D mk ii, but the Sony A7 series is continuing to astound me, and I do not miss the weight.

That’s it from me for this series. Here’s to a fresh and exciting New Year wherever you are. May all your dreams and aspirations come true.

Top Ten Photos of 2015 #5 Engagement Party

Engagement Party
Engagement Party

These friends were busy posing for Sonia’s engagement party when I asked if she could show me the ring. That was when the real magic occurred and I captured as relaxed an image as I could wish for. In the original image the bride-to-be can be seen in full, but the whole perspective shifted when I cropped it this way. It’s my personal preference although I did supply both versions in the final selection.

Top Ten Photos of 2015 #6 Maori Warrior Lady

Warrior Lady
Warrior Lady

Sharlene, the Maori Warrior Lady, is a catalyst in my view. I immediately wanted to take a photo of her but was intimidated until I came to realize how warm and softly spoken she is. I recently read a quote that said something along the lines of, ‘it’s better to be a warrior in the garden than a gardener in a war.’ Well, the wisdom of those words most definitely apply to Sharlene. She flipped my initial judgement on its head and I now know I’d want her on my side in times of trouble.

Top Ten Photos of 2015 #7 Happiest in Nature

Happy Christmas wherever you are in the world.

If you’ve just tuned in, here’s an update on what’s going on:

The end of another year has come and it’s time for reflection. As I browse my contribution to photography this year, I take note on what has happened from my viewpoint, what inspires me, how I view the world and how this worldview has changed. Change, after all, is inevitable. So I thought I’d share with you my favourites from the last 12 months.

Violet in the field
Violet in the field

This image was chosen for its balance and simplicity. I feel that the subject and the landscape work exceptionally well together and are more than the sum of their parts. Violet is happiest in nature and needed no instruction on where to stand and what to do.

Since the arrival of my first-born I have focused much of my photography attention on her and taken a step back from adventuring, so not including a favourite of her would be neglectful of me as a parent.

Video collage

Here’s a video collage of some of my guiding and climbing exploits. I feel that Guiding and Photography go hand in hand. They constantly challenge me and the rewards for the effort can often be huge.

 

Check out this footage.

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